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Old 05-21-2009, 02:30 PM   #16
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Just rolled up 58K on my '04. I would do more miles but this work thing gets in the way. No problems at all. I guess I could afford a new 12 but I just got back from an offroad trip to Death Valley. On the first day I ended up on a very narrow single track with these bushes growing over the trail. The limbs were slapping everything up front, but we had to keep up speed in the soft gravel. If I'd had a new $25,000 1200GSA I'd have been sick thinking of the potential scratches. As it was, the Terranova and PIAA's kept the tank lobes from getting any lasting damage.

On the 2nd day I found myself heading up a rutted trail above a dry lakebed. Balanced between two ruts, I didn't have to obsess over potentially dropping it. Allowed me to concentrate on the trail rather than scratching the crashbars. Again, no problems and no worries.

A friend has one with 400,000 miles. I think I'll keep mine too.
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:36 PM   #17
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With only 3500 miles or so on my 05' I will have this bike for a long time yet.
But then I decided on the 05' after dealing on an 08' 1200.
I just liked the 1150 better.
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:40 PM   #18
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You know its kind of funny but when the 1150 came out I really did not care for it (or should I say I was not ready for it?).

Now after owning an 05 1200 and a 07 1200 I have to say that the 1150's have really grown on me. I love riding them and love working on them even more.

I love the way you can really get them running super smooth with a careful valve adjustment and idle sync. I have never been able to get a 1200 engine run as smooth as I can dial in the 1150's.
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:05 PM   #19
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I have an '06 1150 GSA (that white one ) with 67K miles and so far ZERO issues. I am prepping for an eventual FD breakdown by getting the spare parts next week. (Maybe I won't need them t'ill 100K )
I have ridden the 1200GSA but I have no desire for it, as IMHO the 1150 is still better looking.
Sure 100 Lbs less weight would be nice, but I knew that before I got it. I rode to Prudhoe and did the eastern TAT part and it did great for a big bike. It can be a handfull in soft stuff but it was never designed as a true offroad machine in the first place.
Most of the GS's rarely see dirt (just like SUV's) anyway and those who do take it in the 'rough' stuff, quickly learn it's and their own limitations...
This summer, I plan on finishing the TAT and ride part of the CDT.

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Old 05-21-2009, 04:03 PM   #20
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Big Bend

Here is my 01 in Big Bend in March. I liked it so much I bought another one.

(This one is for sale in the FM )

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Old 05-21-2009, 04:17 PM   #21
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The 1150 GS was voted Sport Touring Bike of the Year by a motorcycle mag in 2000. They liked the handling, engine and comfort.

Given the option, I would turn down a new GS. I am comfortable with the non-CANbus and lack of technical gizmos. It never fails and I have spent 0 $s on repairs.
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Old 05-21-2009, 05:04 PM   #22
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Love my 1150 GS Adv. It's not the lightest or the fastest. But it is farkeled to fit me and I never tire of riding it. Sometimes wish it had a little more power, but I would probably just go too fast. Putting knobs on this summer for some rides and camping in Canada.

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Old 05-21-2009, 06:45 PM   #23
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Love my 1150 GS Adv. It's not the lightest or the fastest. But it is farkeled to fit me and I never tire of riding it. Sometimes wish it had a little more power, but I would probably just go too fast. Putting knobs on this summer for some rides and camping in Canada.

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Old 05-21-2009, 06:49 PM   #24
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Here's my 2001. Gotta love it!

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Old 05-21-2009, 07:39 PM   #25
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:47 PM   #26
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Nice GS and nice P1800.
Good eye on the 1800. A '65 with no rust. Good machines are worth maintaining. GSA is a prime example
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:16 PM   #27
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I've wanted a GS for some decades and finally got one about a month ago, a 2002 Adventure. Just love the bike, seems simple enough to turn a wrench on, and seems quite a capable bike. I for one, love the 1150.
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:25 PM   #28
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I love my 1150.


I don't plan on getting rid of it... but, I do plan on buying and selling more bikes as I go. The 1150 just has to stay... it's one of a kind.
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:26 PM   #29
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Nope, no love here,

139,000 miles new starter tonight and tomorrow I'm gone down the road again.

Can't wait until August when the knobbies go on and I get it looking like a proper bike again,


This bike IS my last BMW. I see no reason to ever buy another.
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:04 AM   #30
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I really love my 1150, it now has 121.000 km on the meter. I hope it will last for many years to come.

Before reading the next paragraph, repeat after me: "I love my 1150GS!"

But I don't kid myself. Very rarely is new technology inferior to old. And it is not the case here.
I've tried the 12GS, and it is a better bike. Less weight, much more agile, uses less fuel, and so on.
The advantage isn't worth the 20.000 euro to me, so an upgrade is out of the qustion.
But if I could choose one over the other without cost, I would obviously have taken the 12GS.

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